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Old 02-26-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Summer fun with Monaro replacement
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The Australian-built Vauxhall VXR8 - a four-door successor to the Monaro - goes on sale in the UK in July, costing 34,995.

This version of the Holden HSV Clubsport R8 has a 6.0-litre V8 (developed from that of the Monaro) producing 420bhp and 406lb-ft of torque. It will do 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds.

Equipment includes climate control and leather upholstery, as well as stability and traction control (which can be switched off). Options include sat nav, 20" alloy wheels and, for 1,400, an auto gearbox.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:04 AM   #2
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:26 AM   #4
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:44 PM   #5
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Vauxhall VXR8: the lowdown
Fans of the recently departed Monaro, rejoice! Vauxhall has today announced its replacement, and it's another hairy-chested, Aussie bruiser: this VXR8 four-door.

Although lacking the badge pedigree of the Lotus Carlton, comparisons with the fabled 1990s hot saloon aren't wide of the mark. The rear-drive VXR8 uses the fastest Monaro's 6.0-litre V8 and delivers a muscular 414bhp, enough for a rapid 4.9sec dash to 60mph.

It's Australian, you say?
Yep - it's based on the Aussie-built Holden HSV Clubsport R8, which helps explain the Vauxhall's bargain-basement price. Owners of German super-saloons may weep when they see the VXR's 34,995 price tag. Rumbling V8 power is widely, and cheaply, available in Oz, you see.

The lump in the VXR8 is essentially the same as in the outgoing Monaro VXR, but fettled to liberate more power and torque. As well as those 414 horses, there's a handy 406lb ft of torque with which to pulverise the rear tyres.

The Monaro was a surprisingly spacious device. This four-door must be pretty handy?
The VXR8 looks like it should be perfect for taking four bodies and their baggage on high-speed trips. As the most expensive Vauxhall on sale, it'll be loaded with goodies, too, such as climate control and leather trim.

An automatic gearbox with manual over-ride is a 1400 option - it'll be the first VXR sold in the UK with an auto 'box - and other extras include sat-nav and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Okay, so it's big, it's cheap, it's powerful... will it be as good to drive as the Monaro?
Here's hoping... Vauxhall has offered some great rear-drivers in recent years, and the VXR8 has all the hallmarks of being the next super-saloon. Expect a back-to-basics driving experience, with sliding opposite-lockery on tap once the stability system is (fully) disabled and proper V8 thrust no matter what gear you're in. Vauxhall is claiming big things from the 365mm vented discs, too; apparently, the latest VXR will slither to a halt faster than a BMW M5 or Lambo Murcielago.

Of course, for the full verdict we'll have to wait until we've driven Vauxhall's new muscle car for Europe. Keep an eye out for CAR Online's test in the coming months.




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Old 02-26-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:05 PM   #7
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Sweet, can't wait to see it with a Pontiac grille.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:16 PM   #8
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:23 PM   #9
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That Holden version is a much more aggressive front end than what our Pontiac G8 will look like.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:24 PM   #10
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:26 PM   #11
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How is that promising for the G8? I KNOW that you can not directly convert car prices between regions, but 35k pounds is $68k!
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:29 PM   #12
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How is that promising for the G8? I KNOW that you can not directly convert car prices between regions, but 35k pounds is $68k!
The number of british pounds for a car is roughly 1-1 or even higher than the corresponding number of dollars.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:35 PM   #13
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Yep, that translates to about $35K
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:35 PM   #14
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You have to understand the Holden Commodore comes in a variety of specs. The low end models of the G8 will probably start off at 25k for the V6 model and work it self all the way up to 50k. Convert the Commodore SSV (V8) to US dollars with no options and it comes out to be around 40k.
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Old 02-26-2007, 01:39 PM   #15
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C&D lists it at about $25k for the V6 and a fully optioned GT at $35k
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GM just needs to say goodbye to the pathetic Pontiac grill and accept change. Leave the car just as is, grill and all and watch it sell... Heck, I might be a candidate
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The number of british pounds for a car is roughly 1-1 or even higher than the corresponding number of dollars.
If that is accurate, that is damn promising... and not too unexpected since Lutz himself said that GM knew what the main reasons that the GTO failed... one of them being price. If the entire G8 model line goes from ~$25k to $35k+ that is quite reasonable... hell, even cheap if you look at the hp numbers.
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:24 PM   #18
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GM Press Release:
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DON'T MOURN MONARO - HERE COMES THE VXR8!


New Vauxhall supersaloon on sale in July, priced at £34,995
6.0-litre V8, 420bhp, 0-60mph in 4.9 secs.
First VXR model available with an auto gearbox


Motoring enthusiasts across Britain mourned the passing of the Monaro. The only Australian-built car to be sold in the UK offered raw and exciting performance thanks to its 6.0-litre V8 and rear-wheel drive set up.

But the thunder from down under hasn’t stopped yet – in fact it’s only going to get louder. Vauxhall has announced the arrival of a new Aussie musclecar – the VXR8 – and it’s more powerful and exciting than even the legendary Monaro.

The dramatic-looking new saloon is powered by the same 6.0-litre V8 as the outgoing Monaro VXR, but revisions to the engine have made it even more efficient. It now develops a massive 420PS and 550Nm of torque, giving it enough grunt to sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds. No other supercar offers this sort of power for anywhere near the VXR8’s price.

Yet the VXR8, based on Australia’s Holden HSV Clubsport R8, offers more in the way of practicality than the outgoing Monaro, with four doors and space for all the family.

Although practical, with a spacious boot, comfortable, long-legged cruising ability and luxuries such as climate control and leather trim, the VXR8 is certainly no softie. Driver aids such as the stability system and traction control can be turned off at the flick of a switch – perfect for drivers who want to hone their skills on a track day!

And VXR8 goes as well as it stops, too, with powerful 365mm front disc brakes that slow the car down from 60mph to a standstill faster than a Lamborghini Murcielago or BMW M5.

In response to customer demand, the VXR8 will also be the first VXR model to be offered with an automatic gearbox. In order to maintain the control which VXR buyers require, the optional £1,400 self-shifter has a manual override and a sport setting which ensure the performance isn’t blunted – in fact the auto is only half a second slower to 60mph than the manual!

Satellite navigation and 20-inch wheels will be offered as options for those who want to make their VXR8 look more distinctive and help find their way to the best driving roads. Even with all the option boxes ticked however, the VXR8 is still around half the price of other cars with comparable performance. As all fast car fans know, Aussie rules.......
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Looks like a stretched out EVO X. I really like the vents behind the front wheel.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:23 PM   #20
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I want to see better picks of those front buckets. So far they look perfect for me.

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It looks good. If Pontiacs had looked like that for the last few years, maybe Lutz would have looked like the genius the magazines made him out to be.
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